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Revel in retail at Cardiff Fashion Week 

24th – 30th October 

In a celebration of style and design, Cardiff Fashion Week will be showcasing some of the industry’s finest talents from Wales. Commencing on the 24th of October, the week-long extravaganza boasts a packed schedule of events for the public to both watch in awe and take part in. Cardiff as a capital is rich with independent boutiques as well as international clothing brands making a vibrant setting for an eagerly awaited week.

Whether a regular reader of fashion glossies or simply curious about the latest trends in retail, Cardiff Fashion Week caters for all. You can expect to see contribution from both armatures and professionals, including budding fashion design students from the University of South Wales and recent winner of ASOS’ New Designer of the Year Award, Kai Stewart. A anticipated event that will create a storm are the catwalk shows at Cardiff Masonic Hall, which is a sophisticated venue that sets the tone well for the talented designers and models to prevail.

The official charity partners for this 2016 showcase are Ty Hafan, a children’s charity that have over 30 shops dotted around the country. The charity are hosting a competition, The Ty Hafan Up Cycle Challenge; where creative designers across Wales must take a charity bag of clothes and reinvent the fabrics into new innovate designs. The winner will be awarded with a window  Ty Hafan’s Emporium shop in Morgan Arcade, then proceed to be sold at auction with the money raised going to the charity.

Social issues are also in the forefront of this occasion, with Love Your Clothes aiming to raise awareness of how people dispose of their clothing. A staggering £140 million pounds worth of garments are disposed of every year, but with some care and upcycling tips, you can re-work once worn down clothes into your next favourite outfit.

So, if you are intrigued by the world of fashion, Cardiff Fashion Week is an excellent opportunity to view some of the best retail produced by welsh designers. Ticket information and pricing can be found online at www.visitcfw.co.uk, where an array of tickets can be purchased from general sale to VIP rows.

words FFION RIORDAN-JONESE

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